12 Days Northern Xinjiang Natural Scenery Photography Tour
Destinations: Urumqi – Boerjin – Karamay – Ili – Zhaosu – Xinyuan – Urumqi
Our 12 day Northern Xinjiang Natural Scenery Photography Tour starts and ends in Urumqi. During these 12 day, you will visit the most picturesque Heavenly Lake, Hemu Village, Kanas Lake, Ghost City, Sayram Lake, and Narat Grassland.
Day 1: Arrival to Urumqi
Activities: Our guide and driver will meet you at the Urumqi airport then transfer you to you hotel in Urumqi
Day 2: Urumqi to Heavenly Lake
Attractions: Xinjiang Museum, Heavenly Lake, Kazak
Activities: After breakfast, you will first visit the extensive Xinjiang museum After that, you drive to Heavenly lake. The night will be spent in Kazak Yurt at the Heavenly Lake, you will enjoy the Kazak culture and great scenery of the lake and the Tianshan Mountain.
Accommodation: Kazak yurt by the lake
Day 3: Heavenly Lake to Buerjin
Attractions: Multicolored Landscape
Activities: After enjoying the Sun rise and Kazak breakfast, you will leave for Boerjin, it is about 7 hours drive from Heavenly lake to Buerjin. On route, you will visit the Multicolored Landscape, it is located in the place which called Grangd Gobi in the depth of the desert 130Km from the Jimsar county. It is natural city consisting of the bright and colorful shale in various colors including dark red, ochre, deep gray, grayish white, red, yellow, and green ect . it is very mystic. You will arrive in Boerjin in the time for dinner.
Day 4: Boerjin to Hemu villages
Attractions: Stone statues, Hemu Village
Activities: After breakfast, you will drive to Hemu village. On route, you will see the Stone statues. Theses statues mostly standing in or at east of the cemeteries or tombs, they are all facing to east direction where the sun rises, they some times appear one or two ( male and female) these statues in Altay area date back to 3000years ago. Among these, the Turkic warrior statues of the Tang Dynasty are most famous. These statues in Altay area are the reflection of the ancestor worship and of praying for blessings and protections of the inhabitants of the early stage. It is just full of culture intention on the grasslands of northern Xinjiang.
Accommodation: Hemu Village
Day 5: Hemu village to Kanas Lake
Attractions: Hemu Village, Kanas Lake
Activities: Today you can get up early to enjoy the spectacular sunrise scenery of this lovely village, Enjoy some free time to ride a horse or walk around and explore the Tuwa Tribe, the local ethnic minority who have been inhabited here for centuries and have developed their unique custom. You will then be leaving for Kanas lake and be stopping in several other places for al the Bays to get the great photo of the resort. You will arrive in Kanas lake resort in the time for lunch. After having lunch, you will spend the whole afternoon at the Kanas lake with doing short hikes, or taking boat ride or taking the great photos of the area.
Accommodation: Tuwa or Kazak guest house
Day 6: Kanas Lake to Karamay
Attractions: Ghost City
Activities: After breakfast, you will be driving to Karamay, you will visit the Ghost City. The “Ghost Town” in the desert is situated 100 kilometers away from Karamay city, it covers an area of 100,000 sq meters (10 hectares). Being one of the few typical wind erosion physiognomies in the world, the Ghost City has become a famous tourist area for its unique land form and the howling wind.
Day 7: Karamay to Sayram Lake
Attractions: Sayram Lake
Activities: You will leave for Sayram Lake after breakfast; it is a bout half days drive from Karamay to Sayram lake and the afternoon will be spend with enjoying the great scenery of this Sea in the west. As the largest alpine lake in Xinjiang, Sayram Lake is a fairyland with wonderful natural scenery. The lake is like a brilliant emerald inlaid in the basin surrounded byTianshan Mountai . In Mongolian language, the name of the lake means ‘a lake on the ridge’. In Kazak, sayram means ‘blessing’. The lake is a wonderful natural water resource and is surrounded by lush grasslands. Tucked away in the mountains, it’s secluded and, on occasions, misty. The surrounding snow-capped peaks and the dragon spruce plants on the mountains give a picture postcard feel to the area.
Day 8: Sayram Lake to Yining
Attractions: Syaram Lake , Guozigou Valley
Activities: on the way to Yining (Ghulja) you will be driving across the Tianshan Mountain thought Guozigou Valley supposed to be one of the most beautiful scenic spot in Xinjiang, the terrain is steep and wildlife ranges up and down the gorge.
Day 9: Yining to Zhaosu
Attractions: Zhaosu Grasland, Zhaosu Monestry
Activities: Zhaosu located in the southwest corner of the Yili region,.Surrounded by the Tianshan Montains, . Fertile land, it has plenty of water, alpine grasslands, vast expanse, is both a rich and beautiful pastoral areas. Zhaosu Monestiry nomadic. Zhaosu formerly known as Mongolia meaning of the castle. The Qing government has appointed 13 are management Zhaosu to Mongolian Affairs.
Day10: Zhaosu to Xinyuan via Texas
Activities: Todays drive will take you through the beautiful grasslands and nomadic villages on the Ili Valley, you will be having lunch in Tekes County and do short exploration in and around Tekes town area.
Accommodation: Xinyuan (konas)
Day 11: Xinyuan to Narat then to Urumqi by flight
Attractions: Narat Grassland
Activities: The whole morning is spent in the Narat Grassland to enjoy the spectacular scenery. Narat Grassland is as beautiful as poem or picture, there are springs densely distributed here, every year from May to September, flowers are all blossoming out and numerous herds gathering around, Narat Grassland is called Dear Garden in the history and an ideal place for people of the pasture to exchange materials and hold cultural activities. You will then take the afternoon flight from Narat to Urumqi. We arange your airport pick on this day as well as your hotel in Uurmqi.
Day 12: Urumqi departure
Attractions: Aiport drop off
Activities: After breakfast, you will be transfered to the Uurmqi aiport for your flight home.